Man United vs Man City: Battle to sign Shakhtar midfielder Fred intensifies

Manchester United and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred in the summer with both clubs keen to bolster their midfield options, according to The Mirror.

The 25-year-old has become one of the most highly sought-after midfielders in Europe this season having played a crucial part in helping his side to impressively reach the Champions League last-16.

Whilst City have had their eye on the Brazilian since January, United have only recently expressed an interest in the player and are set to join the race to sign Fred from Shakhtar this summer.

Manchester battle

Fred: The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Fred of Shakhtar Donetsk attempts to get past John Stones of Manchester City and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

In January, it is understood that Pep Guardiola’s side made an enquiry for the Brazilian, however, they were unsuccessful in their attempts of landing him.

Their plans are to return for him over the summer, although this time, they are set to be rivalled by United for his signature.

The report claims that ‘Manchester United have come in strongly for the 25-year-old anchorman’ with Mourinho keen on strengthing his midfield.

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For both clubs, Shakhtar’s valuation is likely to be an issue, with the Ukrainian league leaders setting a £50m price tag on Fred.

Premier League move

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva, who is the player’s advisor, has confirmed that Fred prefers a move to the Premier League this summer.

He said:

“At the moment we are open for the market and, when you see the whole market in football, the Premier League is one of the targets.

“We had inquiries for him in the last transfer window, but it didn’t happen.

“The Premier League is his preferred destination.”